DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Top 2013 Strong Safety Prospects
Most Recent Revision:  4/14/2013


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STRONG SAFETY


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The Strong Safety plays against the strong side of the offensive formation. His responsibilities include:

1) Pass coverage against the TE or double coverage with the CB agaisnt the flanker (WR).
2) Run support, taking gap responsibilities between linebackers
3) Rotating zone responsibilities, sometimes serving as the "spy" on the QB

This diagram shows the SS in a 4-3 alignment. One SS prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: The classic run-stopping Strong Safety is diminishing in today's NFL as more teams run a balanced offense and pass to establish the run. It is no longer just the "two-deep" zone teams that utilize interchangeable safeties for coverage. 3-4 teams have an additional inside LB, which reduces the responsibility of the SS in run support.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: As stated above, more teams run a balanced offense (same number of players on either side of the Center) - utilizing 2 TE's, 2 WR's and 1 RB (think Colts). With more receivers in the pattern, pass coverage skills become paramount for the SS.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (28) +38 Florida Int'l
Jonathan Cyprien
Sr          6'0"          217
#7
2 (44)  +5 Florida
Matt Elam
Jr          5'9"          208
#22
3 (45)   -1 Texas
Kenny Vaccaro
Sr          6'0"          214
#4
4 (82) +101 Syracuse
Shamarko Thomas
Sr          5'8"          213
#21
5 (95)   -10 Georgia
Bacarri Rambo
Sr          6'0"          211
#18
6 (96)  +7 Fresno State
Phillip Thomas
Sr          6'0"          208
#16
7 (113) -37 Georgia
Shawn Williams
Sr          5'11"          213
#36
8 (136)  +14 Georgia Southern
J.J. Wilcox
Sr          6'0"          213
#19
9 (159) +137 Nevada
Duke Williams
Sr          6'0"          190
#5
10 (189) -82 Alabama
Robert Lester
Sr          6'1"          220
#37
11 (210)  +17 Notre Dame
Zeke Motta
Sr          6'2"          213
#17
12 (211)  +38 South Carolina
DeVonte Holloman
Sr          6'1"          243
#21
13 (224) +61 North Carolina St
Earl Wolff
Sr          5'11"          209
#27
14 (239) +162 Texas Tech
Cody Davis
Sr          6'2"          204
#16
15 (304)  +96 Arizona State
Keelan Johnson
Sr          5'11"          209
#10
16 (315)  +85 Richmond
Cooper Taylor
Sr          6'4"          221
#1
17 (327)   -14 Faulkner
Ray Ray Armstrong
Sr          6'4"          216
#26
18 (358)   -69 Maryland
Kenny Tate
Sr          6'4"          230
#6
19 (382)  +18 Arkansas State
Don Jones
Sr          6'0"          208
#5



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